The Best Contour Products for Fair + Light Skin

by Molly Gardner

Ok, ok.  Maybe the title should have been: Every Contouring Product In My Makeup Collection Which Is Still ALOT.

Researching for this post made me realize I’m no where near close to owning every contouring product available on this planet, but I do have a decent collection started!


Fenty Matchstix, shade Amber, $25, .25oz |

Best for: Everyone, including drier skin types.

What it is: A true “shadow” shade cream contour.

Strengths:  Best shadow shade I have found!  This blends easily, has a beautiful finish on the skin, and doesn’t cause any breakouts.  This is my ultimate contouring product.  I use it every day and am obsessed with it.

Room for Improvement:  None really.  The pigment and finish are so amazing.  Get this product.  I use it daily!

NYX Taupe Blush, $5 |

Best for: Budget Contouring

What it is:  A single shade powder contour in a flip top container.

Strengths:  This is affordable and a true contouring shadow shade, meaning no warmth.

Room for Improvement: Difficult to blend, can appear a bit streaky.  The blush has a diamond design, which is cute to look at, but because of the highs and lows of the design, my brush picks up different amounts of powder, adding to the streakiness.

Smashbox Contouring Kit (Comes with a brush), $35 |

Best For: Travel Makeup Kit, Limited Space

What it is:  This kit comes with three powder shades in one kit and a brush.

Strengths:  This was my very first contouring kit!  Each pan is pretty large and I’ve been using it for almost two years on-and-off switching between products and I’ve only hit the pan on the powder shade.

The powder shade is the perfect balance of yellow for fair skin.  It really brightens.

The contouring shade is great and on the darker side.  The bronzer is a beautiful matte bronze.

This kit travels well, because you have your contour, bronzer, and powder all in one compact.  All the powders blend well.

Room for Improvement:  The brush isn’t my favorite, the bristles could be softer and more densely packed.  It feels a bit cheap.  I don’t use it much anymore.

Also, the powders are so close together because of the compact design, that it can be difficult to pick up the bronze shade with a larger, fluffy bronzing powder brush.

Shades or more limited, so you have to make sure the contouring shade will work on your skin tone.  Also, because I don’t use the brush, this kit is one of the pricier ones.  I wish they’d sell the powder trio separately from the brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette (original standard set), $40:

Best For:  Makeup Artists, Dry Skin, Customizable contouring

What it is:  The Anastasia kit I purchased was the standard set from Sephora, where the shades were pre-picked.   Now the Anastasia website allows you to pick whichever shades you want and the shades all pop into-and-out-of the palette.

I can still pop the other powders out of the palette book, I just didn’t get to pick which shades I wanted.

Strengths:  By far the creamiest of all the powders and the easiest to blend.

For anyone who has dry skin like me, this is huge.  The tones are wonderful and so natural looking.  They don’t streak and are totally uniform.  The price is great for six shades.  I use the shade “Fawn” the most out of any contouring product I own, over my Becca cream contour.

Room For Improvement:  Honestly, the only thing I don’t like about the palette I purchased is the shimmer shade, I think it’s “Sand.”  It comes out super chalky on my skin and makes my skin look patchy and weird in those spots.

I wish I had waited and done the customizable palette, I might have just done four lighter contouring shades and the peach and banana light powders.


Anastasia Contour Kit.

Anastasia Contour Kit.

I hope this post helps!  With so many products on the market, it’s good to know where they all stack up.  Please feel free to share this post on your Facebook and Pinterest!  Follow @girlgetglamorous on Instagram for daily beauty pics.

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